There’s nothing like exploring a magical waterfall on a hot summer’s day.
And Yorkshire has the perfect place to explore – but it is known as ‘the gateway to Hell’, Yorkshire Live reports.
At the foot of four natural lakes in the region, there is Whitestone Cliff, encircled by trees.
Gormire Lake – also known as the White Mere – was formed by glacial erosion over 20,000 years ago, making it a remnant of the last Ice Age.
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It lies around 1.2 miles east of the village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, in the Hambleton district, whose residents are sure to be aware of the numerous myths shrouding the idyllic spot.
Gormire roughly translates as ‘filthy swamp’, but that has not stopped the lake becoming a go-to choice for plenty of wild swimmers.
The lake in North York Moors National Park has no inflow or major outflow of water and is thought to be fed by an underground spring.
But that fact was not known hundreds of years ago, when the lake’s existence seemed to have no simple explanation.
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It is that sense of mystery, along with the lake’s dark appearance, that has led to it becoming the setting for numerous myths.
Perhaps the most extreme of these is that Gormire Lake is actually “the gateway to Hell”.
The lake is also said to be bottomless and it is even rumoured that a submerged underwater village lies beneath its surface.
Gormire Lake has previously been named in The Times’ 20 best natural swimming locations across the UK.